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Deus Bazira  Mubangizi

Deus Bazira Mubangizi M.B.A., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Location: IHV, N555
Phone: 410-706-1874
Phone: 410-706-1919

Personal History:

Deus Bazira Mubangizi is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director and Lead for Global Health, Division of Infectious Diseases and Division of Clinical Care and Research Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland Baltimore's School of Medicine. In this role he oversees a portfolio of programs spread across more than six countries with a budget of more than $30 Million in funding per year and a staff of more than 300.

Deus has over 18 years of experience spanning different aspects of health systems strengthening. Deus' tenure at UMB has included various assignments including more recently as Managing Director for Global Health under the multi-campus Office for Global Initiatives and also doubled as Vice President for Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation - an affiliate of UMB that implements its programs outside the USA. The position included managing multi-country HIV prevention, care, and treatment and several education, research and institutional strengthening programs in ten countries. He also led implementation of performance based financing initiatives for HIV services in a number of non-profit hospitals in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia. At the start of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Deus designed and ran a 7-country supply chain system for antiretroviral drugs and related other health supplies for a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services.

Earlier on, Deus worked as a Senior Lecturer in health economics at the University of Cape Town's Health Economics Unit in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine where he also ran the premier Oliver Tambo Health Leadership & Management Fellowship Program co-implemented by the South Africa Government's Department of Health. He has undertaken research in public-private mix issues in health, private health insurance, health financing under decentralized systems, pharmaceutical regulation and hospital governance and efficiency. Current research interests include diffusion of health innovations with a particular focus on implementation of Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH) in the USA and its implications in resource-limited settings. His other experience includes management and consulting work in the pharmaceutical industry in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, China and India. Other public health work has included management of a social marketing program in Uganda that was responsible for introduction of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in the country for prevention of malaria and was Secretary General & President of the Uganda Pharmaceutical Society and Chair of the Pharmacy Council - organizations that regulated pharmacy practice in the country. More recently he was a consultant at Results for Development (R4D), a Washington DC based policy, consulting and research non-profit that focuses on international development issues. His consulting focus was on health market innovations research plus analytics under the Center for Health Market Innovations and AIDS financing work that included supporting the Global Fund for Fighting TB, AIDS and Malaria (GFATM) to develop more effective counterpart financing strategies.

Deus is a doctoral candidate in Health Policy, Management and Leadership at The Gillings Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also a distinction recipient of the Arthur B. Holzworth Endowed Scholarship in Health Leadership.

Deus holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Economics with distinction from University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy and Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with honors, both from Makerere University, Uganda and a post-graduate Diploma with distinction in Industrial Project Cycle Management from Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht Netherlands.

Research Interests:

  • Improving health care outcomes through innovative service delivery models
  • Global health interventions and impact on population health
  • Pharmaceutical policy and regulatory impacts
  • Reforming healthcare reimbursement - paying for outcomes and not volume of service
  • Implementing patient-centered care

Clinical Speciality:

  • Pharmacy

Grants & Contracts :

  • AID-623-A-12-00015
    Manyonyi (PI)
    APHIAplus IMARISHA Project in Kenya
    The goal of this project is to increase the demand for and availability of an integrated package of quality high-impact interventions at facility levels in the individual counties of Marsarbit, Isiolo, Samburu, Garissa and Tana River.
    Role: Co-PI

  • U2G GH000095-02 Mecha (PI)
    CDC/University of Nairobi
    Central Province Response Integration, Strengthening & Sustainability Project (CRISSP)
    The goal of this project is to provide technical assistance to implementing partners by supporting the development and implementation of a technical assistance strategy to address gaps identified by the needs assessment.
    Role: Co-PI

  • Program: Engaging Indigenous Organizations to Sustain and Enhance Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Clinical Services and Prevention in Nigeria. This is a 5-year (Sep 2012 - Sep 2017) PEPFAR funded project in Nigeria whose main goal is to scale up and sustain HIV/AIDS services through indigenous organization. The total award is $75 million over five years of which about $10 million is sub-awarded to the University of Maryland Baltimore over five years.
    Role: Principal Investigator

  • Program titled Partnership for Medical Education and Training (PMET) Project: This is a $5 Million 5-year (Sep 2012 - Sep 2017) program awarded by CDC to Center for Clinical Care and Research Nigeria and the University of Maryland Baltimore is a sub-awardee for about $650,000 over five years. The program's main goal is to strengthen pre-service education in selected States in Nigeria for HIV/AIDS service providers.
    Role: Principal Investigator


Rao P, Gabre-Kidan T, Mubangizi BD, and Sulzbach S 1. (2011). Leveraging the Private Health Sector to Enhance HIV/AIDS Services Delivery in Low and Middle-Income Countries. AIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, August 1, 2011 (57): S116-S119 - Supplement Article